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by maestrob
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mostly Mozart Creation Eurotrash
Replies: 10
Views: 72

Re: Mostly Mozart Creation Eurotrash

Like the two Johns, I prefer this work in its oratorio form, but I prefer HIP, such as the recording below, which received a recording of the year award in the year of its release (1983). The two CD set is available used from amazon for about $5, and well worth it! The spine-tingling opening alone i...
by maestrob
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Mendelssohn 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35

Very fine, Belle, thank-you. The CD is now in my cart, as is one of yours, Donald....... :)
by maestrob
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 15321

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

We all had a wonderful luncheon at Pomodoro Rosso! The food was delicious and the company highly congenial. JohnB, please feel better and know that you were missed by all. Looking forward to the next one...... :D
by maestrob
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 15321

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

John B.....

Sorry to hear of your troubles. Hopefully we'll see you in August.

Be well! :)
by maestrob
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 27
Views: 445

Re: Top orchestras

Oh, btw, others have mentioned the Cleveland Orchestra among their favorites. While George Szell was alive and under the conductorships of Lorin Maazel and Pierre Boulez and perhaps even Christoph von Dohnanyi, I would have agreed, but no longer. Same with Philadelphia under Stokowski and Ormandy. ...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3889
Views: 421626

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61jr0TR2-sL._SS500.jpg Violinist Tianwa Yang is a star in this delightful disc of Saint-Saens rarities for violin and orchestra on the Naxos label. Marc Soustrut is her first-rate conductor/partner, leading the excellent Malmo Symphony Orchestra. Tha...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 458
Views: 85951

Re: What I listened to today

That's very odd about the "Amen" missing from the Messiah recording. I've sung Messiah in both Carnegie Hall and Philharmonic (now Geffen) Hall roughly 100 times, and the "Amen" is right there in the score as an integral part of the piece, not an addendum by any means. The commercial recordings I ha...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 309

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

I know several people who consider Kirill Petrenko a deity of sorts and worship at his altar, following him and his orchestras around the globe. Sadly, I missed his Carnegie Hall appearances this Spring and thus have never heard him live. Funny though that there's another Russian conductor with the...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 27
Views: 445

Re: Top orchestras

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71-FyRl3XHL._SX522_.jpg JohnF: As for the French orchestras, I'm just now going through the above box, which contains all of Martinon's recordings with the French National Radio Orchestra, all of which are quite good. The only flaw I have found so fa...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 55
Views: 761

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

John F wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:09 am
Definitely his worst "classical" piece, though I suppose the dismal musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" sank even lower.
Agree. The piece only survives because it has Bernstein's name attached to it.
by maestrob
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 27
Views: 445

Re: Top orchestras

1. Chicago Symphony 2. London Symphony 3. Concertgebouw Orchestra 4. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra 5. St Petersburg Philharmonic 6. Berlin Philharmonic The Vienna Phil has too many unreconstructed Nazis for me to vote for them. When a Bernstein rehearsal of a Mahler symphony ended once, an orchestra...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 27
Views: 445

Re: Top orchestras

In this year's New Year's concert from Vienna, I saw three female players (not including the harp), so I think that door has finally opened. Unfortunately, I'm not fond of Vienna's Bruckner (Giulini) or Mahler (even those led by Bernstein). While they follow these conductors very clearly, the brass ...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 15321

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Thanks, Len! See you there!
by maestrob
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 15321

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

The restaurant is on 71st and Columbus, IIRC?
by maestrob
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 309

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

Just for the record, Vasily and Kirill Petrenko are brothers, or so I've heard. I've heard Vasily's Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich on CD and, except for Shostakovich V, find them very good and exciting listening. Not easy to make the Liverpuddlians sound Russian, but Vasily manages very well. DO wish ...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 864

Re: Classical records for children

Belle, your Mom was right about West Side Story! When the movie came out I was about 11 yrs. young, and my Junior High music teacher had the audacity to teach a lesson using the soundtrack recording. She also, IIRC, played the Beethoven Choral Fantasy when Rudolf Serkin recorded it. I remember bring...
by maestrob
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 18
Views: 2256

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Yes, it will take some time, but you don't have to complete the entire oeuvre to start comparing. The two selected comparisons, Rubinstein and Cortot, are obviously two of the finest Chopin interpreters of whom we have a record; the former is far and away my favourite, taken overall. Yes, I agree t...
by maestrob
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 864

Re: Classical records for children

I do remember that in the 1960s the Readers' Digest used to issue classical recordings - usually (typical of the journal itself) somewhat truncated so as to form "excerpts". I learned a lot by listening to some of those in my early teens, which were in a huge book form with the individual records i...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 864

Re: Classical records for children

As a child, I remember being impressed so much by classical music (then on 78RPM discs) that I vowed to become a conductor when I grew up! My fascination with classical music continued to this day..... Here's a list of the classical sets we had when I was a toddler as best I can remember: Rachmanino...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 18
Views: 2256

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

barney wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:16 pm
I hope you will share your conclusions.
I will indeed, although going through the complete Chopin alone will take some time! :)
by maestrob
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 18
Views: 2256

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Magaloff was judged a good enough pianist to have a volume in the Philips Great Pianists of the Century collection. Thanks, Barney! Your post reminded me to check, and I found that all the Japanese suppliers have sold out, and there are only 2 boxes left from a third party seller. I just grabbed on...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

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Wonderful album, this CD received acclaim when it was issued. Knussen's conducting here is spot-on, while the Cleveland Orchestra manages a more transparent sound than Stokowski got in the original Phase 4 release from the 1960's.
by maestrob
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3889
Views: 421626

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71xPlJN6-gL._SX522_.jpg Danil Trifonov's latest release is a mixed bag to these ears. This DGG twofer features re-orchestrations of Chopin's two piano concerti by pianist/conductor Mikhail Pletnev, which, IMHO, sound bloated and much too slow in spot...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3889
Views: 421626

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81id5qTKo0L._SX522_.jpg Vadym Kholodenko, a Van Cliburn winner, partners here with the Fort Worth Symphony in what he hopes to be the first of two discs surveying the Prokofiev piano concerti, here featuring II & V. Kholodenko's prodigious talent is ...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 18
Views: 2256

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Just revived this thread to alert everyone that amazon U.S. is now offering this set through a third party seller for $58 and change!

It's now on my want list. :D

Thanks, Lance, for the original alert.
by maestrob
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay

The history of lawsuits by members of major ensembles is not good, unfortunately. As one example, Lucine Amara famously sued the MET for age discrimination when the company refused to renew her contract. She won the lawsuit, but it ended her career as she became persona non grata industry-wide. Good...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 458
Views: 85951

Re: What I listened to today

Just for the record, Belle, I prefer Kleiber. Haitink is just too leisurely a conductor for my taste. He invariably hangs slightly behind the beat, sometimes way too much. FWIW.
by maestrob
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 1928

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

Yes, John, many thanks for performing a gargantuan task! Now if I could only buy this with my American amazon gift card..... :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Doctor Atomic Article NYTimes Santa Fe Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 175

Re: Doctor Atomic Article NYTimes Santa Fe Opera

Very informative review. Thanks, Len! I'm not a fan of the music in this opera, but it tells an important story, one that needs to be brought before the younger generation, about the price paid (and still payable) by those close to nuclear technology. We were kept in the dark about that as young peo...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 458
Views: 85951

Re: What I listened to today

Michael Praetorius, Dances from "Terpsichore" (complete) via Bluetooth. I have this on CD and have forgotten the name of the group: I love this music!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3U5aYluCVk Delightful! Haven't heard those in a long time. Love Renaissance music, and don't have enough! Thanks, ...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang’s Return
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Lang Lang’s Return

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51DQNyfjAcL._SS500.jpg Surprisingly, I actually liked this album...... Like every artist, he's had good days and off days. I really haven't followed his career closely, and how he became a "superstar" eludes me. His debut with Mostly Mozart when he p...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 15321

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Chalkperson wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:38 am
I should be able to make July 18th lunch.

Will be good to see you all again.
Welcome, Chalkie. It will be good to see you as well.
by maestrob
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich Op.34 Preludes for piano
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Shostakovich Op.34 Preludes for piano

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Most of the Op. 34 Preludes were arranged for violin and piano during his lifetime, with Shostakovich's approval. There is also a recording with Shostakovich playing the piano part, although I couldn't find it.
by maestrob
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Die Frau ohne Schatten

I'm not making this up dept.........

The German conductor Christopher Perick's name was Anglicized from the original German (Pr*ck) for obvious reasons (or so I was told).... :lol:
by maestrob
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's Claudio Arrau Edition
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: Decca's Claudio Arrau Edition

Sorry, Lance, looks like nobody sprang for this one. I'm saving my big-box cash for the Szell box, due out on August 10th. May also buy the DeLarrocha set as well, as a birthday present for my lovely spouse!

Happy Independence Day to you and yours!
by maestrob
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Issue 2
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: NYCO Issue 2

Oh, my!

At least they're presenting two traditional productions. If there are any aspiring conductors out there willing to finance a production, I'm quite sure Director Capasso (who is also a conductor himself) would be willing to listen to a proposal.
by maestrob
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3889
Views: 421626

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/817Yogo5gML._SX522_.jpg Martyn Brabbins is a British conductor that has so far flown under my radar. The above new release with the stalwart BBC Symphony Orchestra whets my appetite for more of his work. Ralph Vaughan-Williams wrote his London Sympho...
by maestrob
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3889
Views: 421626

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Have just ordered the boxed set " The Complete Chopin " by Rubinstein, from Amazon. $A48.00!! I ordered it on the very last day we'll be able to buy from Amazon US or UK as taxes have now been imposed by our government on online purchases under $1,000 and we can only buy from the smaller Amazon Aus...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3889
Views: 421626

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71zkCgpT1ML._SX522_.jpg There have been many recordings of Prokofiev's War Sonatas since Richter brought them to our attention 60 years ago, but this one is a standout. Boris Giltburg is a pianist I've been following since his debut recital disc on E...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strange - at Best Buy!
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Strange - at Best Buy!

CD players are available by the dozen on amazon: there are even a few portables and DVD recorders, if you have a hankering. Best Buy has been on the financial edge for some time, so I guess they've made the decision to eliminate certain items. I tried to buy a DVD recorder there about two years ago ...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Vadym Kholodenko
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Pianist Vadym Kholodenko

Well, I listened almost all the way through, so here goes. In this recital Kholodenko shows a affinity for a wide range of composers, from Schumann and Chopin to Liszt and Scriabin. All are played flawlessly, tempi are good and the notes are all there, but, like Argerich in the beginning of her care...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Vadym Kholodenko
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Pianist Vadym Kholodenko

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This is the only album I have by Kholodenko (Ukranian?). He's quite awesome, IMHO. I would love to hear the above recital, but couldn't find a link. He's got a new recording of Prokofiev II & V, which is on my Want List......
by maestrob
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "Best 2018 So Far " cd's
Replies: 3
Views: 385

Re: WQXR's "Best 2018 So Far " cd's

I have the Fagioli recital CD, and reviewed it in another thread. Strongly recommended for lovers of the Baroque, this disc earned a five star review for glorious singing. Philippe Jordan (son of Armin) leads very fine Beethoven on his new disc. Chongyon Shin's debut piano recital on the Steinway la...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?
Replies: 19
Views: 1029

Re: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?

jserraglio:

You're a wonder! Many thanks! I've looked on amazon for years and had given up hope. I guess I should have checked one more time before I posted above. :oops: :roll: :lol:
by maestrob
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3889
Views: 421626

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61-Y32kMsnL._SS500.jpg This is a fascinating release. The voices are smaller than I'm used to in this work (Think Richard Tucker singing Radames for Toscanini in 1949), with Joyce DiDonato leading the cast of well-balanced voices. It's a conception o...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced

I have her Spanish issues, and her Mozart w/Colin Davis from RCA. Both IMHO are excellent. I've also got a box of her concerto recordings, and am amazed that she can bring off the Khachaturian, although the conductor takes the opening measures so slowly that I want to throw out the disc. All-in-all,...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?
Replies: 19
Views: 1029

Re: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?

Fascinating! That record looks like it's from the early 1950's, and the article is very informative. Thanks all for bringing this up. I hope they make a DVD of the production, so I can see it! I remember seeing the production of the "other" Peter Pan on TV as a kid, with Mary Martin and Cyril Ritcha...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gina Bachauer Rare Recordings release
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Gina Bachauer Rare Recordings release

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71IyREx5xEL._SX522_.jpg Gina Bachauer is rarely spoken of these days, though she studied with Rachmaninoff and Cortot. This 4 CD box has just been released, and I plan to acquire it at a reasonable $35 (including shipping) from amazon. The composers ...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle in Berlin
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: Rattle in Berlin

Rattle's strength has always been in XXth Century and recent music, while his weakness has been in the German standard repertoire, which the article points out. I agree with this assessment, and applaud Rattle for his point of view that "Music in for everybody."

Good article. Thanks, John.
by maestrob
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 1928

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

CharmNewton wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:54 am
Maestrob, you should contact amazon.co.jp Customer Service via Help. They can help you through the process. Once you get set up, you'll have a login that will differ from the one for other Amazon sites but ordering will be easy.

John
Thanks, John, I'll give it a try later.